Mongolia to send 8 flights to COVID-19-hit countries in June to evacuate nationals
Ulan Bator/Xinhua/UNI: Mongolia will send eight chartered flights to COVID-19-hit countries in June to evacuate its nationals, the country's foreign ministry said on Friday.
About 2,000 nationals from countries include Kazakhstan, Japan, India, South Korea and Germany will be brought back, Lkhanaajav Munkhtushig, director general of the consular department at the ministry, told a press conference.
As of Friday, a total of 10,583 Mongolian citizens abroad have requested to return, said Munkhtushig.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Mongolia has evacuated about 10,000 nationals by chartered flights, buses or trains from COVID-19-hit countries, according to the country's State Emergency Commission.
So far, Mongolia has confirmed 179 COVID-19 infections, including from four foreign nationals.
All the confirmed cases were imported, mostly from Russia.
There have been no local transmissions or deaths reported in Mongolia so far.